This Week in News: 4/25/19
In this episode of Retrotone News, Rodge breaks down the not-so-epic Putin and Kim Jong Un meeting, calls out Big Pharma and the The Rochester Drug Co-Operative scandal amidst the long-standing opioid crisis in the U.S., and threatens those who might be holding Britney Spears against her will #FreeBritney. And that’s one for the Republic!
Episode 16: April 25, 2019
TITLE: This Week in News: 4/25/19
HEADLINE: Putin and Jong Sitting in a Tree, The War on Opiates, and #FreeBritney
EPISODE DESCRIPTION: In this episode of Retrotone News, Rodge breaks down the not-so-epic Putin and Kim Jong Un meeting, calls out Big Pharma and the The Rochester Drug Co-Operative scandal amidst the long-standing opioid crisis in the U.S., and threatens those who might be holding Britney Spears against her will #FreeBritney. And that’s one for the Republic!
Here is a snappy summary of the news – a weekly digest of the latest events and happenings at home and abroad. I’m your host, Rodge Bigsby and this is your Retrotone News Minute!
Greetings Mr. & Mrs. America and all the (blank in the blank). Let’s (blank the blank)!
1) ACROSS THE GLOBE
Putin and Kim Jong Un Meet for First Time in 2011
(Insert Yawm) It’s time for another dog and pony across the pond. A big day for no one, and perhaps... the dullest diplomatic summit in a fortnight. Pundits say don’t expect any bold statements, key agreements or flashy signatures from Putin or Un. It’ll be nothing but (platitudes) from these twin tirants. Un was offered bread and salt by Russian women in traditional costumes (government issue), shortly after stepping down from his private railcar (if he could only step down from the world), and a 9 hour journey to the eastern port city of Vladivostok, Wednesday under overcast skies. "I came to Russia with the warm feeling of our people," Kim told state-run Russia 24. (right...) "I hope that this visit will be successful and useful.” The two will meet on Ruski Island (so appropo) connected only by one bridge. We can only speculate they’ll take in some theater... take a peak at some food factories... even a jaunt to the zoo. That’s right folks, Putin and Kim, waving at animals in cages. Now that’s something to see!
2) IN HIGH LAW
The Feds are Taking the Gloves Off Against Opiates
In a national first... in a life and death fight against the opioid crisis, a major drug distribution company and it’s executives have been criminally indicted by New York federal courts. The U.S. Attorney’s office claims The Rochester Drug Co-Operative took orders for opiates to the tune of $20 million, flooding 1.5 million in overflow opiates into the market between 2012 and 2016. Listen… in 2017 alone, 72,000 Americans died from opiate use. We’re looking at a near 10% year over year rise in mortality in the past decade alone. According to a Pew Research report, big pharma and so-called medical professionals have peddled pain killers a perilous cost to the Republic. It’s estimated we’re spending $78 billion in treatments, justice, lost productivity, injuries, and prevention on this epidemic. America… it’s high time we get clean!
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3) IN ENTERTAINMENT NEWS...
OOPS SHE DID IT AGAIN… BRITNEY SPEARS HITTING HEADLINES WITH MENTAL HEALTH RUMORS
TMZ has the buzz on Britney. Earlier this month, sources say she checked herself into a mental health institution. Shortly therafter, an episode of Britney’s Gram podcast revealed a concerning voicemail from an unnamed, former member of Spears' legal team. This legal informant claimed the pop icon has been held against her will in a facility since early January, and there’s no telling when she’ll be released. The hashtag #FreeBritney soon started trending on Twitter, as thousands of fans began to worry for the star's safety. Worry Not Britney Fandom… She posted an Instagram video to reassure her fans that “All is well.” Listen, if anyone touches a hair on Britney’s head… why I’ll... (Producer: Rodge… you ok Rodge?) I outta..
4) ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Rodge has a bug for history see… so let’s scratch that itch with a look back at this day in History
1590 - The Sultan of Morocco launched his successful attack to capture Timbuktu
1684 - A patent was granted for the thimble.
1792 - Guillotine first used in France, executes highwayman Nicolas Pelletier
1901 - New York became the first state to require license plates for cars. The fee was $1.
1956 : Elvis Presley’s "Heartbreak Hotel" hit number one on Billboard Pop Singles Chart and stayed there for 8 weeks.
5) WHAT WITH THIS WORLD BE WITH OUT BIGSBY’S BEAT OF THE WEEK!?
Freddy Gardener and Royal Navy Blue Mariners take us back to the dance hall for a gay old time. Lace up those jazz shoes for this little jingle... (Insert “The Melody Lingers On with intro “Service is calling…etc.)
6) SIGN OFF STATEMENT:
And that's one for the Republic! I'm your host Rodge Bigsby and this has been news from Retrotone, a service of Evergreen Podcasts.
Until next time… make a good day!
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